Rescue Operation in Chhattisgarh and Odisha Successfully Saves Pangolin from Poachers
In a remarkable achievement, a joint anti-poaching team from Chhattisgarh and Odisha successfully rescued a pangolin and confiscated pangolin scales. The rescue operation took place in Nagalbod village, situated on the Chhattisgarh-Odisha border, near the Udanti Sitanadi Tiger Reserve.
Led by Tiger Reserve deputy director Varun Jain, the team, including officials from both states, acted on received information to conduct the rescue operation. The poachers apprehended during the operation were identified as Dinesh Majhi, Turpan Majhi, and Chaitanya Majhi. They admitted to capturing the pangolin from the Odisha forest range bordering Chhattisgarh.
In addition to the successful rescue, the team confiscated three motorcycles and mobile phones from the accused. The poachers were handed over to the Sinapali forest division for further legal action. Two additional suspects have been taken into custody for investigation, with the arrest of three more persons expected in the coming days.
The deputy director of Udanti Sitanadi Tiger Reserve highlighted the exploitation of pangolins for the production of certain vital medicines, often manufactured in China. The poachers engage in smuggling pangolins to make money, driven by a combination of economic motives and superstition. Some believe that possessing pangolin scales can bring prosperity.
The cyber cell of Dhamtari played a crucial role in the successful execution of the rescue operation, ensuring the safe release of the pangolin in the Odisha forest. According to Jain, a thorough investigation will determine whether a syndicate is operating behind the smuggling.
Pangolins, also known as scaly anteaters, are one of the most trafficked mammals in the world due to the high demand for their scales and meat. They are protected under national and international laws, including the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).
The successful rescue operation serves as a significant step towards combating wildlife trafficking and protecting endangered species. Authorities are working tirelessly to crack down on poaching activities and dismantle illegal wildlife trade networks.
It is crucial for communities and governments to join forces in the fight against poaching and raise awareness about the importance of conserving wildlife. Efforts must be made to address the underlying factors driving illegal wildlife trade, such as poverty and lack of alternatives for livelihoods.
The rescued pangolin will now have the chance to return to its natural habitat and contribute to the preservation of the delicate ecosystem. It is a small victory in the ongoing battle to protect our planet’s biodiversity and ensure a sustainable future for all species.